Owl Aims to Be the First Smart Dashboard Camera With Built-in LTE

If you have a car, one of the best accessories for your vehicle is a dash cam. It’s great for whenever there’s an accident because it can actually provide proof of your innocence among other things. It makes perfect sense to always drive with a dash cam at the front, and even one at the rear.

Now, it’s not always easy to find the best dash cam for the job since there are so many available on the market today. The majority, while they are capable of doing the basics, tend to have inferior video quality so if there’s a hit and run, the driver might fail to capture the license plate properly.

Additionally, most dash cams aren’t smart, which means, they are way behind in terms of technology. However, one company is looking to change the rules with a new dash cam known as the Owl.

Andy Hodge is the man behind Owl, and he’s also a former Apple employee who serves as iPod product lead. These days, he’s looking to bring forth a dashboard camera that can change the industry in similar ways to how the iPod changed the music industry.

The First Smart Dashboard Camera?

When one thinks of a dashcam, the first thing comes to mind is a camera that merely records what’s happening while the driver travels from point A to point B. Some of them have the ability to connect to an app, but usually, that’s about it.

With Owl, users are looking at a device that is likely the first security camera for cars. The product has a 2.5-inch screen, 4-megapixel camera, and can record up to 1440p. The camera has a lens on the front for recording the driver and inside of the vehicle, but it only supports recording of up to 720p.

What makes the Owl stand out is the bevy of sensors it supports. Should someone attempt to break into your car, the device will turn on an LED light to scare them away. Additionally, by using the Owl app, the owner of the vehicle can remotely shout at the perpetrators to get them scouring to the nearest bush.

An Owl in the Cloud

The primary aspect that sets Owl apart from other dashcams, is the fact that it comes with an LTE chip built-in, and the ability to upload videos to Owl’s cloud service. Videos uploaded to the cloud are only valid for 24-hours, but that should be good enough for the preservation of important evidence.

The device takes it one step further by giving users the option to use voice commands. Want to tell Owl to save important events? Just say “OK, Presto” and watch the magic as it happens.

Hodge wants to bring an iPod like success to the dashboard cam market, but it won’t come easy. At the moment, the Owl is going for $349 with a single year of LTE service. Come the year 2019, Hodge hopes to sell the product for $299 with a monthly LTE subscription plan of $10.